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A visit of the delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to Baku city

A meeting with a delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was held on the 10th of April 2017 in the Headquarters of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. Deputy Head of the European Regional Office of the International Federation Mr.Elkhan Rahimov and a representative of the European Regional Office of the International Federation for Natural Disasters Nebosja Medoshevich met with the President of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society Mr.Novruz Aslanov. During the meeting the President of the AzRC Novruz Aslanov welcomed the guests and expressed his satisfaction with the visit of the representatives of the International Federation to the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. The President of the AzRC noted that such a visit is a step taken towards moving on to a new stage of development of future relations and of strengthening future relations between the International Federation and the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. The Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society highly appreciates assistance and support of the International Federation to the National Society in the filed of disaster preparedness. The President of the AzRC also stressed an importance of providing timely assistance by the International Federation to the National Society in time of disasters and importance of identification of a role of both National Society and the International Federation in time of natural disasters. Strengthening of a role of the International Federation is important not only for Azerbaijan and the region, but it has also a global importance. This is a tool for increasing a positive image of the organization.

Deputy Head of the European Regional Office of the International Federation Mr.Elkhan Rahimov and a representative of the European Regional Office of the International Federation for Natural Disasters Nebosja Medoshevich at first expressed their gratitude to the President of the AzRC for a warm receipt. The representatives of the International Federation noted that this visit to Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society is really a good opportunity for exchanging opinion in the field disaster preparedness and for strengthening cooperation between the two organizations. The International Federation pays a particular attention to the issues such as reestablishment of Regional Disaster Preparedness Teams at a regional level and preparation of Sustainability Plans. Mr. Nebosja Medoshevich noted that he heard recently presentations of the National Societies of Southern Caucasus countries in Borjomi city of Georgia and got to know with projects already implementing with support of some donors. That gave him an opportunity to increase his concept of disaster preparedness in the region. Already in 2012 Mr. Nebosja Medoshevich made a visit to Azerbaijan and participated in evaluation of assistance provided by the International Federation during an earthquake that struck Zagatala district. At the exact same time he familiarized himself with activity of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society in the field of disaster preparedness. Mr. Nebosja Medoshevich said that he is happy with his visit again to the country and is ready to provide necessary assistance.

At the end of the meeting the President of the AzRC Novruz Aslanov expressed once again his gratitude to the representatives of the IFRC for this visit and wished them every success in their future activities.

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